Alumna Megan Smith is California State Finalist for Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Megan Smith is one of six 2018 California state finalists for the 2018 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Educators nominated for this prestigious award must have demonstrated mastery of math or science, appropriate use of instructional methods and strategies, effective use of assessment strategies, and lifelong learning, while showing leadership in education outside the classroom.
Smith, who currently teaches 5th grade at Lincoln Fundamental (Alternative) Elementary School, Corona Norco Unified School District, has been teaching for 11 years. She has served as a district professional development co-presenter and allows other teachers to observe her classroom. She serves as an exemplar for district professional development and produces PowerPoints of instructional materials for the district math resource site.
Smith received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Social Behavior with a minor in Educational Studies, her multiple subject credential, and her Master of Arts in Teaching at UCI.
In commenting upon her award, Smith shared: "I appreciate the foundation I received from the faculty and staff at Irvine. I wanted to especially thank and credit Valerie Henry. She was far ahead of her time - introducing me to John Van de Walle, New Zealand Maths, and other resources that helped me understand the benefits of conceptual mathematics, long before CCSS. All these years later, the resources she provided to our cohort are my go to’s! Thank you all for your support."